persons were killed and more than 30 people were injured in clashes on
Feb. 26-27, according to officials. Thousands gathered in front of the parliament building with
crowds split between those supporting the new government appointed by
parliament in Kyiv and those calling for integration with Russia.
The buildings of the Crimean Council of Ministers and the Crimean parliament were seized by an unknown group of 120 armed men at around 4 a.m.,
according to Crimea Prime Minister Anatoly Mogilyov, the nation’s former prime
minister and a longtime loyalist of ousted President Viktor Yanukovch. Mogilyov
and UDAR party lawmaker Serhiy Kunitsyn said the men were professionally trained individuals with automatic weapons.
“More than 120 armed men entered the Crimean Supreme Council and the Crimean government. These professionally trained people are armed. They brought weapons – automatic weapons, grenade launchers, and machine guns,” Kunitsyn said, speaking from the parliament rostrum in Kyiv on Feb. 27.